Richard heads Thompsons Solicitors' very successful National Litigation Unit, based in the firm's Stoke-on-Trent office, covering the litigation of fast-track personal injury claims throughout England and Wales.
As a Thompsons' partner, Richard oversees the management of personal injury case handling, ensuring the delivery of high standards and best practice to the firm's trade union clients. Richard is a highly experienced lawyer, having spent 20 years handling personal injury claims, industrial disease, fatal accidents, accidents at work and serious assault claims.
Many claims handled by Richard have been higher value industrial disease injuries, including respiratory conditions, such as occupational asthma, silicosis and dermatitis, or have been multi-claimant actions.
Richard built up a reputation as a determined litigator who pursues claims vigorously to recover the maximum amount of compensation for his clients. Now, a determined leader, Richard expects the highest standards from his team.
An experienced trainer, examiner and visiting lecturer to a Midlands University for the Legal Practice Course, Richard is also a lecturer for CILEX (Chartered Legal Executive) courses.
Richard particularly enjoys working with Thompsons' superb lawyers, who put in extra effort to exceed clients' expectations and constantly improve. Thompsons' values and commitment to the trade union movement is unequivocal, says Richard, and that is what keeps him motivated.
In his spare time, Richard follows Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, relaxes with his family, runs, cooks, and loves to discover new restaurants and cuisines.
RICHARD'S CASE EXPERIENCE
Workplace assault claim: Prison Officers Association member, Marc Laycock, was violently assaulted by an inmate when working alone. He was left with a fractured cheekbone and other injuries, including debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Richard launched a case for damages, arguing the prison had breached its own safe system of work. Despite the Ministry of Justice strenuously denying liability, Richard negotiated a settlement just before the trial.
Industrial disease claim: Twenty personal injury clients, who worked at a company specialising in bending various forms of metal, were exposed to excessive noise levels from the section bending machines, hammering and abrasive wheel cutters. As a result, they suffered hearing loss and tinnitus. Richard obtained compelling evidence from a specialist acoustics and noise exposure engineer and issued court proceedings.
The employer continued to deny liability and, shortly before the case was due to go to trial, Richard successfully negotiated a settlement of £160,000 for the men.
Industrial disease claim: A group of engineers, who were responsible for maintaining a sludge treatment plant, were exposed to high levels of hydrogen sulphide. As a result, they suffered a variety of symptoms, including headaches, nausea, irritable eyes and, in some cases, a permanent loss of sense and taste.
The employer initially defended the claim, so Richard issued court proceedings. After obtaining overwhelming medical evidence, the company conceded breach of duty and settled the claims.
Richard is a senior litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Thompsons Solicitors personal injury client, Christine Ivison, said:
"This is a big thank you from me and my girls for all that you have done for us. For helping us through the last year which has been so difficult for us and being kind and always there at the end of the phone to talk to.
"Thank you for everything."